The Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Reverend Bernard Longley is in Rome this weekend to support and celebrate Cardinal Vincent Nichols’ being elevated, together with 18 of the Church’s prelates, to the rank of Cardinal.
“There is a good group of Birmingham pilgrims here in Rome today to support Cardinal Vincent Nichols as Pope Francis welcomes him into the College of Cardinals.
“For the first time, we will see our friend and my predecessor as Archbishop of Birmingham wearing the scarlet of Cardinals which symbolises their willingness to witness and even to suffer for our faith in Jesus Christ.
“Birmingham Catholics are proud of all that our new Cardinal achieved in our Archdiocese for our parishes and schools, our religious communities and outreach projects and for interfaith relations.
“We pray for Cardinal Vincent today and we look forward very much to giving him a warm Brummie welcome when he comes to celebrate Mass at St Chad’s Cathedral on Sunday 30 March.”
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